Braves aim to rebound strongly

BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey admits it has been a rollercoaster season for his new team, but hopes their fortunes will change in the second half of the SEABL season. 

As it stands the Braves are in fourth position in the southern conference, sitting on sitting six wins and six losses. 

However, Bendigo has been inconsistent this season and lost two of its past three games. 

Their game on the weekend was a disappointing result for Harvey. 

"It is a game we could have won," he said. 

"But we didn't come out to play and that showed in the results."

The Braves took on Dandenong at the weekend, losing by a massive 30 points. It was their biggest loss of the season. 

Harvey said it was important for the team to start gelling. 

"It has been a rollercoaster season," he said. 

"It has been a season of highs and lows. We have beaten teams on top of the ladder and we have lost to teams at the bottom of the ladder. 

"We need to start being consistent."

In round 10 action the Bendigo Braves will face Canberra at Bendigo Stadium,.

The Gunners are on the bottom of the south conference ladder having won only three games for the season. 

Harvey said this week's game plan was to keep things simple. 

"We need to focus more on what we are doing," he said.

"We need to concentrate on our game and not worry about the referee or the referee's calls or even what the opposition is doing, it is about what we can control.

"It is about our transition and passing the ball around."

Harvey said it was important for the Braves to continue to work on their game. 

"Last year we had a dream year, we won 17 games straight," he said. 

"In some games we have gelled and in some games we haven't this season. 

"We are only halfway through the season, so hopefully we get there sooner rather than later."

The Braves will host Canberra at the Bendigo Stadium on Saturday. 

Tip off is at 8pm. 

The Lady Braves will also tip-off against Canberra at 6pm.


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